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What’s All the Fuss AboutOpen Access? School of Nursing Faculty Meeting A.R. Dykes Library November 2011
Points for Today• Why should I publish in an OA journal?• How do I select and OA journal?• What are some current OA developments?
What is Open Access?• OA is the free, online availability of scientific articles and data with the rights to re-use in a digital environment.
What are the Benefits of OA? -Makes research widespread -Accelerates scientific findings -Serves as a driver of scientific innovation and productivity -Allows faster incorporation of new findings into new research
What are the Benefits of OA?• Article spreads like wildfire when released openly and immediately• Focus is on article impact rather than journal impact• Faculty of 1000 – follows articles making impact on the research wherever they appear by their individual merits.
Open Access Journals• Peer reviewed journals are plentiful• Quality controlled• Free to viewers- Full Text• All subject and many languages
Evaluating a Publication• Impact factor?• Peer reviewed?• Publication fees?• Abstracted and indexed in CINAHL, PubMed, Web of Science, other?• Promotion & Tenure?• I just want to get published.• I’m not particular about the journal as long as it’s not pornographic.
Selecting an Open Access Journal• Directory of Open Access Journals – Subject specific – Review author instructions – Look for author fees – Look for copyright transfer agreement or statement declaring copyright retention
Selecting and Open Access Journal• Journal Citation Reports – (look up journal impact factors)
OA Publishers You Might Know
What About OA Fees?• Articles fees run from free to $$$$• Author pays• KUMC does not currently provide funding for OA article processing fees on behalf of KUMC authors.
What is the Status Quo?• The current model of subscription/license fees is not stable and not sustainable• Current model gives publishers exclusive rights to the articles
Facts• Open Access is here to stay and is growing• Funding mechanisms need to be established
Current Developments in OA• Focus started with opening journal articles• Data sharing is hot and moving forward• KU is a signatory of the Berlin9 OA Compact as of November, 2011
Federal Action on OA• 2011 White House Public Comment: Request for Information – Seeking recommendations for how to expand the NIH Public Access Policy to include 11 other federal agencies that award public research funding. – KU will be submitting responses
Questions?Crystal Cameron-VedrosHead of Copyright and ScholarlyCommunications, Biomedical Librariancvedros@kumc.eduHeather CollinsSchool of Nursing Biomedical Librarianhcollins@kumc.eduKaren ColeDirector, A.R. Dykes Librarykcole@kumc.edu